On a day like any other day in small city America, two teen boys go for a walk together. At the same time, across the city, a teen girl parts from her best friend as they leave a pizza place.
Before the day is done, all three face lifetimes of slavery as the victims of human traffickers.
To their parents, the disaster of missing children. To the teens, the doorway to Hell. And no way to escape.
But the traffickers have reckoned without the Boy Scouts of America and their training. Young Jim, badly beaten and abused, sees a need and rushes to fill it.
Rising to heights of reckless courage to save the other captives, he risks everything to be the best he can be.
In the process, he is rewarded by the greatest prize…as First Love brings light to their darkness.
Where can true romantic love take us? For this mystery woman, lost in dreamy memories of her first romantic love affair, it took her to far, unimagined pavilions of self-development and self-love. Leaving her country home as a naïve young woman, she fell in love with the one man on earth who had the experience and understanding to guide her into a full knowing of her own potential.
Introduced to worldly passions on many levels, from intense love-making to gourmet dining and the company of the finest minds on the planet, she grew beyond her lover, beyond her own wildest dreams.
Gazing into the leaping flames of her fireplace, on this evening she once more becomes the wide-eyed novice arriving in the big city, re-enters the body and soul of that vulnerable child-woman she was. Relives the tender moments of learning how to touch and be touched, how to turn every common event of life into something sensual on its own terms.
As flames leap in a winter fireplace, memories wander to her life choices, at the many gifts this profound romance provided her, the life path she finally chose, and the implications of true romantic love on an evolving human eternal soul.
In her fifteenth year, Kathryn Bond’s life was thrown off course by a violent crime. Headed for Olympic glory, she instead began a long journey toward healing, her dreams having turned to dust.
One day she sat down to write a romance novel and began a career that would make her the most popular romance author in the world and a multi-millionaire before she turned thirty.
But her dreams of romance remained on the computer screen and in her books, for she could not recover from the long-ago attack which had changed the course of her life. She avoided men at all costs, if she possibly could.
Her dreams of being kissed, of having a strong pair of arms around her, remained that - only dreams. But her married friends never gave up, sure they could find for her that special someone who would heal those terrifying memories once and for all.
One day, her world turned upside down again, when an experienced war correspondent walked into her life. A man who understood everything. And understood her.
Just when it was all coming together for Kathryn, a phone call brought life-altering news. A child was coming into her life, an orphaned little girl, whose addicted mother had died. A child who had been damaged by abuse and needed one thing above all else—she needed healing.
With her lover’s help, Kathryn has to face her demons once and for all, and rise above them, to meet the needs of this broken child.
Jan Kendall is the wife of a U.S. Congressman, enjoying the limelight and all its privileges. One day, for good reasons, she flees their elegant home, private jet, holiday homes, and big bank account.
In west coast wilderness she settles to build a real, meaningful life founded on strong friendship and true connection to the earth. But as time goes on, Jan realizes that her high-flying, immensely powerful husband is looking for her and won't take No for an answer. Crime in high places is going to change her life even more than she could have imagined.
Should Jan shut her eyes and let others decide the outcome of her husband's criminal activities? Or should she take on a new kind of role, one that will avenge the death and suffering of his victims, victims numbering in the thousands? Should she set out to bring this man – a man she once loved and revered - to Justice, to trial, to punishment for his reckless, selfish choices?
Or should she just run scared for the rest of her life?
For Jan, the answer is easy. Taking her own power for the first time, she sets out on a path that will test every ounce of courage she ever possessed.
A massive shipping container stands open and waiting on the dock of a huge port city, in almost any country. A truck drives up and a load of human beings, in this case, youngsters, are off loaded and packed inside the crate. A crane lifts the container. It takes its place among dozens of other gigantic shipping containers, all locked together on board a freighter.
A week or two later, the container is lifted once more and deposited on another dock, thousands of miles from home. At some point, the kidnappers unlock the crate and those souls who have survived the ocean journey are gathered up and taken somewhere to be sold.
Sold as slaves for either sex, or hard labor, or both. For the remainder of their lives.
Behind them, their country; their birthrights; their families; their rights to education, freedom of speech, equality, all the things we take for granted.
Shocking enough when it takes place on the other side of the world.
More so, when it takes place in America, and the youngsters being kidnapped are American children.
Melchior, King of Fairies, and Theresa, a young American woman are passionately in love, soon to be wed. But a new purpose takes hold of these two magical Wizards as they discover the hazards young people face, unknowingly, every time they step outside their home.
In any country on earth.
Marcella, a grandmother from afar, and Dave, a police officer sent to investigate a suspicious letter, discover there truly is a Christmas Love Potion.